After youth movement, Dolphins' linebackers disappointed in 2013

The Miami Dolphins took an "out with the old, in with the younger" approach for their 2013 linebacker corps. Middle linebacker Karlos Dansby was 31 and outside linebacker Kevin Burnett 30 when both were allowed to leave the Dolphins via free agency last spring. In their place, Miami signed free agents Dannell Ellerbe (27) and Philip Wheeler (28) to join returnee Koa Misi...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Lamarr Houston a vital free agent for Oakland Raiders

When Reggie Mckenzie is prioritizing who to re-sign this spring, he needs to put a giant priority on defensive end Lamarr Houston. The fourth year player out of Texas has started 60 out of 64 games in his career; notching 16.5 sacks, forcing four fumbles, and recovering six fumbles as well. While he doesn’t put up gaudy numbers like other edge defenders, Houston is not your average...
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Duffner vows to get most out of Ellerbe, Wheeler

BY NICK ST. DENISThe Miami Dolphins got younger at linebacker last year in swapping out Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett for Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler.That doesn't mean they got better.Miami hoped Ellerbe and Wheeler would be impact players in the pass rush while taking advantage of their speed in both getting to tackles against the run and dropping into coverage, but...
Via AFC East Daily
January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Who was the Dolphins biggest disappointment in 2013?

Who was the biggest disappointment in 2013? There are a couple of names that come to mind but one sticks out…..Philip Wheeler. In 2013, Jeff Ireland tried to revamp his linebacker core by replacing Kevin Burnett and Karlos Dansby with Wheeler and Ellerbe. The move came at an expense but both on the field and off the field. Ireland dished out 13 million dollars guaranteed of his...
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January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins position coaching changes prove significant for 2014

While the Dolphins re-stocked their coaching shelves with Bill Lazor in place of Mike Sherman as offensive coordinator, one curious change was made for them with the moving on of linebackers coach George Edwards to the Minnesota Vikings.  Edwards served two stints in Miami with two separate coaching staffs and had experience coaching linebackers in a 3-4 defense, with the Bills...
Via Phins Phocus
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The Geno Smith Reel – 3rd Down and Rollouts

We’ve compiled all of Geno Smith’s designed rollouts and 3rd downs against the Oakland Raiders in GIF format below for analysis. Check ‘em out: ROLLOUTS: 3/3, 45 yards Play 1 – 7 yard completion to David Nelson. An easy first down completion to kick start a drive. Well timed and well executed. Play 2 – 30 yard completion to Kellen Winslow Jr. The first pass attempt after...
Via Turn On The Jets
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

3 key Raiders go down with injuries

    DA: Mychal Rivera and Mike Jenkins suffered concussions. Kevin Burnett has a quad contusion. — Scott Bair (@BairCSN) November 25, 2013 The Raiders are beginning to look very thin at CB. Last week rookie 1st round pick DJ Hayden was placed on IR. The Raiders were already weak at TE and with Rivera beginning to develop that injury is particularly...
Via Pro Football Zone
November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: 2013 Week 12 NFL Power Rankings (#27)

Last week: 29 (+2) Record: 4-6 Week 11 Studs C Stefen Wisniewski LOLB Kevin Burnett Week 11 Duds RT Menelik Watson LT Khalif Barnes RG Mike Brisiel TE Jeron Mastrud LE Jason Hunter RE LaMarr Houston
Via The Football Fan Spot
November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Tarver brings energy, passion to Raiders defense

(Eds: Adds details, quotes. ) By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver's contributions to the Oakland Raiders this season are much bigger than that obscene gesture at the officials that got him into so much hot water. Tarver has overseen a remarkable improvement on the defense while incorporating 10 new starters who mostly came in with little fanfare...
Via AP on Fox
October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Burnett fitting in well on Raiders defense

Oakland's Kevin Burnett isn't sure yet what exactly the Raiders will try to do to slow down the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs this week. It might not matter what the plan is the way the Chiefs have played while winning their first five games. That's why even as he buried himself in the film room trying to find an edge, Burnett realized the Raiders will likely have to...
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October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Pryor helps Raiders lead Chargers 17-0 at halftime

Terelle Pryor threw for 141 yards and two touchdowns and the Oakland Raiders took a 17-0 lead over the San Diego Chargers into halftime Sunday night. Sebastian Janikowski had a 47-yard field goal late in the second quarter. A huge defensive play from Oakland linebacker Kevin Burnett stopped the Chargers inches short of a touchdown early in the second quarter and a muffed punt return...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Preseason week 4, Raiders vs Seahawks

Despite the score, there were some good things to come out of the fourth preseason game. Of course, there was also much that was bad. The Good: Menelik Watson started at left tackle for the first time in his career Thursday versus the Seahawks and by all accounts acquitted himself well. The most important voice of approval came from head coach Dennis Allen today when he said...
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August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Final 53-Man Roster Prediction

QB (3): Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor, Tyler Wilson RB (3): Darren McFadden, Rashard Jennings, Jeremy Stewart FB (1): Marcel Reece WR (5): Denarius Moore, Rod Streater, Jacoby Ford, Brice Butler, Juron Criner TE (4): David Ausberry, Jeron Mastrud, Mychal Rivera, Nick Kasa OT (3): Alex Barron, Khalif Barnes, Menelik Watson OG/C (5): Stefan Wisniewski, Mike Brisiel, Lucas Nix, Andre...
Via Raiders Blog
August 30, 2013  |  Discuss

53-Man Roster Prediction Version 2.0

QB (3): Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor, Tyler Wilson RB (3): Darren McFadden, Rashard Jennings, Jeremy Stewart FB (1): Marcel Reece WR (5): Denarius Moore, Rod Streater, Jacoby Ford, Brice Butler, Juron Criner TE (4): David Ausberry, Jeron Mastrud, Mychal Rivera, Nick Kasa OT (3): Alex Barron, Khalif Barnes, Menelik Watson OG/C (5): Stefan Wisniewski, Mike Brisiel, Lucas Nix, Andre...
Via Raiders Blog
August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

53-Man Roster Prediction Version 1.0

QB (3): Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor, Tyler Wilson RB (3): Darren McFadden, Rashard Jennings, Jeremy Stewart FB (1): Marcel Reece WR (5): Danarius Moore, Rod Streater, Jacoby Ford, Brice Butler, Juron Criner TE (4): David Ausberry, Jeron Mastrud, Mychal Rivera, Nick Kasa OT (3): Alex Barron, Khalif Barnes, Menelik Watson OG/C (5): Stefan Wisniewski, Mike Brisiel, Lucas Nix, Andre...
Via Raiders Blog
August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Dolphins seek turnover turnaround in 2013

A goal-line interception at Miami Dolphins practice Monday prompted shouts of delight on defense and a collective sag of the shoulders on offense. There was no expression of either celebration or frustration by coach Joe Philbin, who instead impassively looked at his shoes. ''The initial reaction,'' Philbin said later, ''is that from an offensive standpoint...
Via Fox Sports
August 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins: 2013 Season Preview

The Miami Dolphins started last season with a rookie starting quarterback and a rookie head coach, and finished the season with a 7-9 record. Looking to improve for next year, the Dolphins made some bold moves this offseason. The Dolphins decided not to resign Reggie Bush and former number one overall pick Jake Long. Bush signed with Detroit and Jake Long signed with St. Louis. Miami...
Via Total Sports Blog
August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Kevin Burnett says both he and the Raiders are hungry to win

New Raiders linebacker Kevin Burnett has is entering his ninth year in the league this year but his numbers have never been better than last season when he started every game for the Miami Dolphins and finished with 110 combined tackles. It was his second time in two years with the Dolphins going over 100 tackles. And yet, the Dolphins cut him in the off-season to save money...
Via Thoughts from the Dark Side
August 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders Camp Notes Day 2

The Raiders had their second day of training camp practice today. Here are some notes. My information comes from Raiders beat writers via Twitter and can be found on Twitter as @LeviDamien  @ChrisMcClain  @CorkOnTheNfl (Steve Corkran)  @VicTafur @AsherMatthews. I will be compiling all of their information throughout training camp. For all Raiders updates follow the writers...
Via Pro Football Zone
July 27, 2013  |  Discuss

15 Most Important Dolphins for 2013: #11 Philip Wheeler

The first free agent acquisition to make the list, Philip Wheeler, joins the Miami Dolphins after four years in Indianapolis and one in Oakland. Wheeler will team up with Koa Misi and Dannell Ellerbee, another offseason acquisition, to form the linebacking corps in Miami's 4-3 defense in 2013. Philip Wheeler joins Miami after recording 108 tackles last season. (Photo:...
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July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Dolphins defense further along than last offseason

DAVIE, Fla. Defensively speaking, the Miami Dolphins began the offseason focused on improving two key areas: Forcing turnovers and preventing big plays. The Dolphins defense had 10 interceptions and six fumble recoveries last season for a minus-10 giveawaytakeaway differential. That tied Pittsburgh for 11th in the AFC. Miami also surrendered 60 pass plays of 20 or more yards. That...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins sign OLB Philip Wheeler

This random signing of a linebacker by the Dolphins wasn’t as bad as the Dannell Ellerbe atrocity. Wheeler played pretty well last season, grading out as ProFootballFocus’ 7th rated 4-3 outside linebacker, but you have to remember where he was a year ago. Last off-season, he didn’t even get a million dollars on a 1 year deal from the Raiders because he was only seen as a two...
Via The Football Fan Spot
March 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Strengthen Shaky Defense in 2013 NFL Free Agency

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen made it through the first week 2013 NFL Free Agency without making any major moves on the open market, but did manage to strengthen the struggling pass rush. Former Chicago Bears outside linebacker Nick Roach signed a multi-year contract with compensation ranging from $3 to $4 million per season, the...
Via Gridiron Grit
March 19, 2013  |  Discuss

A look at how the Raiders defense is coming together thus far

Seven days into NFL free agency, the Raiders have almost entirely focused on defense. That holds true for the team’s most recent two signings: linebacker Kevin Burnett, who signed on Sunday, and defensive tackle Vance Walker who signed on Monday. This trend comes with good reason. The Raiders had a lot of problems last season. The biggest problem was probably Rolando McClain and...
Via Minus Twenty-Two
March 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders sign LB Kevin Burnett

The Oakland Raiders announced today that they’ve signed former Dolphins linebacker Kevin Burnett  Burnett has started 16 games in each of the last three seasons, including the last two years with the Miami Dolphins. His brother, Kaelin, is also a linebacker with the Raiders, having joined Oakland as a non-drafted free agent in 2012 and playing in six games after being signed from...
Via Pro Football Zone
March 17, 2013  |  Discuss

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